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Laura: A Creole Plantation

2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Vacherie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex personal relationships they all had with each other at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human personal tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We took the Grey Line bus tour. It lasted 5 hours including the 50 minute drive down to the plantation from The French Quarter. The cost was $61 per person. The main plantation house and the property have been beautifully restored. I enjoyed the tour and the narration by the tour guide. Upon arrival, we were ushered into the gift... More

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Besancon, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

A small house compared to what you can find in the south of the US but the house is very colorful. Its a typical french plantation house as you can see some in the Carribeans. The history of this family is very interesting and we had a blast. Our guide (Renee) was very interesting and was a good storyteller. If... More

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This was a fabulous tour...the guide was wonderfully knowledgeable and the restoration of the property is fascinating. Highly recommend

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Spring Valley, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite tour. The guide was very informative and knows the history without hiccup or hesitation. Best inside and outside presentation I have ever experienced complete with the original not restored slave quarters. This really has impact and illustrates the inhumanity of our disgusting history of slavery.

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Sydney, Australia
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19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The tour guide was awesome, thats what made it. It brought all the characteds of the house to life. The history of the people in the house really added to the experience. A glimpse into what it was like to run a plantation and the ethics involved. Worth the money to do the tour.

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South West Rocks, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A better depiction of the working life on sugarcane plantations, & about Laura's family. I like the grandeur of Oak better

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of the plantation, the guide was very good. Lots of interesting information and history with and easy going delivery. There were quite a few people on our tour which made it feel quite cramped in some of the rooms of the house. The tour takes just over an hour which is a good amount of time,... More

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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Our party of 3 (2 adults and a 10 year old child) was part of a tour group and had the guided tour of the home and grounds. It was fascinating! We are familiar with the typical plantations (large white or brick home) but this was entirely unique in many aspects. The creole idea of handing down the property to... More

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Springville, Utah
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

An extremely well-planned, well-presented tour. Here you learn about the difference between Creole and Cajun, the societal patterns of the time, the business of running a plantation, including the politics and the processes, while touring the beautiful plantation home and the slave quarters. This was a fascinating tour. That said, Laura Plantation is unique enough that it cannot stand as... More

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Ottawa, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Take part in the guided tour to get the most out of this charming plantation. The home had only two owners before becoming a museum and the stories of their life are fascinating.

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